Texas Rangers: 4 prospects land on Baseball Prospectus’ 2021 top 101 list

Seth Carlson
Sep 24, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Leody Taveras (65) makes a fielding error during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Leody Taveras (65) makes a fielding error during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers‘ farm system is way better than you might think.

While a lot of their talent lies in the lower levels of their minor league development program, the Rangers also have some young star power that is either close to or already in the big leagues.

And the three major prospect ranking sites all have differing perspectives on which players those are.

Recently, Baseball America released their top 100 prospects for 2021, with Josh Jung being the lone Texas Rangers representative on that list.

Surprising? Yes. Concerning? No, because of the reasons mentioned above.

Luckily, however, Baseball Prospectus came to save the day for the upper echelon of the Texas Rangers’ farm system, ranking four of their prospects within the top 101.

Want to know who they are and how they placed on the list? Let’s dive in.

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No. 26: Texas Rangers’ OF Leody Taveras

It’s definitely surprising to see this name ranked the highest among all the Rangers who made this list.

Regardless, Leody Taveras is one heck of a player, and deserves the recognition he got from Baseball Prospectus this year.

From highlight-reel catches to blazing speed and athleticism, Taveras has the makings of a franchise-caliber starting center fielder.

While the bat has been slow to come around, 2020 was a rather strange season for many players.

Not to mention, Taveras made his MLB debut in 2020. Therefore, it wouldn’t be fair to judge the 22 year old’s .703 OPS in just 119 big league at-bats.

For what it’s worth, though, the average OPS in MLB is roughly .750. With Taveras’ all-around potential, who’s to say he can’t reach that plateau or more.

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